Dance music from the time of Boccaccio’s Decameron, by an Unknown Artist, c. 1390.
"Afterwards, the tables were cleared, and the queen sent for musical instruments so that one or two of their number, well versed in music, could play and sing, whilst the rest, ladies and gentlemen alike, could dance a carole. At the queen's request, Dioneo took a lute and Fiammetta a viol, and they struck up a melodious tune, whereupon the queen, having sent the servants off to eat, formed a ring with the other ladies and the two young men, and sedately began to dance. And when the dance was over, they sang a number of gay and charming little songs." (Introduction to the First Day, p. 22).
During the 1348 plague in Florence, music was a form of distraction and entertainment. People would come together to sing and share stories as a means to cope with life. The dances and songs mentioned in the Decameron were most likely similar to the songs contained in a c. 1390 manuscript of songs from Northern Italy. The manuscript includes 15 monophonic instrumental pieces each containing several parts or dances that vary in tempo and meter.
Attribution: Naxos Music Library